Nicholls Voted to Top Spot in 2019 Football Preseason Poll

first_img 150 UIW (1) 2019 Southland Conference Football Preseason Poll Abilene Christian (1) The 2019 season opens Thursday, Aug. 29, with a pair of 6 p.m. kickoffs between Central Arkansas and Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky., and Northwestern State and UT Martin in Martin, Tenn. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Southeastern Louisiana hosts Jacksonville State and Lamar hosts Bethel (Tenn.). The remaining teams in the league begin their 2019 campaigns on Saturday, Aug. 31. Central Arkansas FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls is the preseason favorite for the 2019 Southland Conference football season, the league announced Thursday. The defending co-champions received the most possible first-place votes (20) and 200 total points to garner the top spot. 154 21 200 Stephen F. Austin Sam Houston State Central Arkansas was voted second with 154 total points. Defending co-champion UIW follows closely in third place, earning one first-place votes and 150 points. Sam Houston State collected 146 points to rank fourth in the preseason poll. Team (First-place votes) Total The Southland Conference preseason poll is voted on by each head coach and football sports information director. Each voter ranks their predicted order of regular season finish, not including their own team. First-place votes are worth 10 points, second-place votes are worth nine and so on to one point for 10th place. Nicholls (20)center_img McNeese Houston Baptist Southeastern Louisiana 63 146 112 Lamar (123) is slated as the fifth-place team, followed by McNeese (114) and Abilene Christian (112), who picked up the final first-place nod. Rounding out the poll is Southeastern Louisiana (71), Stephen F. Austin (63), Northwestern State (56) and Houston Baptist (21). Lamar 71 114 Nicholls enters 2019 with a league-high 11 total preseason all-conference picks. Led by senior quarterback Chase Fourcade and senior defensive lineman Sully Laiche, the Colonels grabbed eight of the 28 first-team slots. Fourcade, the 2018 Southland Conference Player of the Year, enters his final season with the 10th-most career total offense yards in league history (8,990), and Laiche begins his senior campaign as the active FCS leader in career sacks (25.5). 56 Northwestern State 123last_img read more

Navarro heats up late, lifts San Sebastian past EAC

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Jerome Garcia tried to salvage the game with a corner three with 9.7 ticks left to cut the deficit down to one, but Allyn Bulanadi could only muster a split from the free throw line in the last 7.5 seconds.Unfortunately, Francis Munsayac panicked in the waning seconds and passed the ball to Jervin Guzman, whose jumper rimmed out at the buzzer to hand the win to San Sebastian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I imagined all of our games to be close, but at times, we fall short in the end. This time, we’re glad that we’re the ones to come out on top,” said coach Egay Macaraya.Navarro also contributed four assists and three rebounds in the win for the Golden Stags, who bounce back and even their record at 4-4. Ryan Costelo also had a hand in the victory, unfurling all but one of his 11 markers in the fourth quarter, on top of two dimes and two steals.Michael Calisaan still was able to top San Sebastian in scoring with 19 points and two rebounds despite being ejected at the 1:14 mark of the third quarter for incurring two unsportsmanlike fouls against Sidney Onwubere.RK Ilagan also went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to wound up with 12 markers, five boards, and three assists.“The good thing about this is we’re hoping we could sustain this. We’re ok being 4-4 this year compared last year that we only got one win in the first round,” said Macaraya.Onwubere topped the skidding EAC (3-5) with 22 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, and five blocks, while Munsayac had 16 markers in the Generals’ third straight defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Mayweather warns of hefty fine if McGregor kicks him in their fight Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 75 – Calisaan 19, Ilagan 12, Costelo 11, Calma 10, Gayosa 5, Navarro 5, Are 4, David 2, Baetiong 2, Mercado 2, Valdez 2, Bulanadi 1, Quipse 0, Capobres 0.EAC 73 – Onwubere 22, Munsayac 16, Guzman 10, Garcia 7, I. Mendoza 6, Diego 4, Bugarin 4, Bautista 3, Pascua 1, J. Mendoza 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0.Quarters: 17-16, 40-37, 50-53, 75-73. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Teen gunned down in Masbate Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRenzo Navarro drilled the big plays late as San Sebastian slipped past Emilio Aguinaldo College, 75-73 in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The diminutive playmaker scored all of his five points in the final minute, drilling the huge corner three and following it up with a reverse to give the Golden Stags a 74-70 lead with 13.8 seconds to play.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Maverick Ahanmisi lashes out at refs after bro Jerrick, Adamson lose to La Salle

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Gilas confident of chances vs Japan, Taiwan Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMaverick Ahanmisi wasn’t at Smart Araneta Coliseum when De La Salle scored a 82-75 win over Adamson in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.Yet he still managed to make his presence felt.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Montalbo was all over Jerrick especially in the fourth, with the distance between the two were mere inches in several instances.“Hey Kib Montalbo, I don’t care, you better hope I don’t catch you outside bruh,” tweeted Ahanmisi.Montalbo, though, clarified that he did not mean any physical harm on Jerrick and he was just playing straight defense.Jerrick still managed to put up 17 points against Montalbo.“I meant no harm to his brother,” said Montalbo. “I just want to play basketball. I wanted to get to his head in a basketball manner and I mean no harm. He’s a great player and I respect him.”ADVERTISEMENT Ahanmisi, the older brother of Soaring Falcon Jerrick, used Twitter to lambast the game’s officiating that awarded La Salle 39 free throws attempts against Adamson’s five.“I’m all for fair play, but I’m not going to watch this game if the UAAP refs are getting paid by La Salle,” posted Ahanmisi on Twitter. “It’s a joke for real, major run with the refs #ismellsomethingcooking.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“Hey La Salle, I hope you guys are treating the refs to a good ass dinner after the game cause they definitely fed y’all tonight.”Ahanmisi also called out La Salle guard Kib Montalbo on the latter’s stingy defense on his brother. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Montalbo added that he’s “not a bully” and that he reminded Jerrick he’ll be clamping down on him throughout the game.“I told him it’s the Final Four and I’m going to be up on him all night. I asked him if he’s up to it and he said it was okay,” said Montalbo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Democracy in Guyana: The URP vision

first_imgDear Editor,By any measure, democracy can be described as a governing system in which the central power is vested with the voting population. In such a political system, government, and the officials that make up such a government, are legally and morally obligated to attend to the needs of its citizens. By extension, in a democratic system, supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by the people or by their elected representatives under a free and fair electoral system. Since our independence in May 1966, Guyanese have not really had a chance to experience a prolonged period of stable democratic government. The PNC, when in power, abolished the basic elements of democracy in its quest to build the Burnhamite dictatorship.The PPP came into office amid a great deal of national and international support in 1992. The expectation was that with the democratic opening that occurred after the 1992 elections, PPP leaders would reconstruct the fragile Guyanese political system to create institutions that would ensure a democratic political order would be established. However, the opportunity to do so was woefully squandered by the ruling PPP, which mimicked in many ways the actions of the dictatorial Burnhamite PNC (now calling itself The Coalition).This authoritarian entity is back in control, many of whose members are from the PPP and PNC. The APNU-AFC coalition is governed by the same undemocratic means that characterized the PNC. Much of the leadership style of the PNC and PPP is guided by a dictatorial desire to centralize political control both at the local and national levels.In reality, the policies of the PPP, PNC and AFC have served to benefit a small group of loyalists and party elite, while the majority of the Guyanese people still live in poverty.The AFC has become an abysmal failure. They came onto the scene promising to be an objective broker and they won the confidence of a healthy cross-section of the Guyanese support, both locally and from the Diaspora. However, they have now merged into the PNC apparatus and have completely lost all of their independent objectivity. Their supporters are at a loss as to where they now stand. The acceptable notion is that the only AFC members left are those currently in parliament.The failure of the PPP, PNC to build a sustainable democracy in Guyana is compounded by a number of factors, all of which have contributed to the erosion of a democratic tradition in this young nation. Included among these factors are preferential treatment for loyal party supporters, the widening gap between rich and poor, a failed education system, the out migration of skilled people, an increased drug trafficking and money laundering, widespread corruption, and a very vindictive government that considers all non-supporters as enemies of the ruling party.Democracy cannot be institutionalized in Guyana unless there is respect for democratic principles and some sharing of power. The PPP was removed from office because of its arrogance and corruption, among other unacceptable behaviours.Corruption has not stopped under the coalition government. The situation continues to look hopeless under this regime with crime spiralling out of control and people being removed from their job on account of their race and political affiliation. This government has let down the population.Guyana needs a government that can provide hope for the future, trust in its people and stability in government. It is only then that we can begin to establish a system that will work towards securing the social, political and economic interests of ALL Guyanese.The United Republican Party (URP) has been appealing for a national unity government that will serve the interests of all. The URP will work with any political party to build and establish stronger democratic institutions; establishments which will serve the interests of all of Guyana’s citizens. The URP is committed to working with other local and regional organizations, international organizations, support groups and sympathetic governments to help keep Guyana on a democratic path.We need to have a clear democratic system which will create conditions in our society that will enable all Guyanese to help transform our society. It is time we recognize the great potential of our citizens. More importantly, the URP will continue to work with its grass-roots supporters to build such a system from the bottom up, thereby creating a fair and no-discriminatory system.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu BandhuLeader URPlast_img read more

Region 5 holds uninterrupted statutory meeting

first_imgAfter several monthsThe Regional Democrat Council (RDC) of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) on Thursday held its first uninterrupted statutory meeting for 2016 after several months of disruptions.The meeting was well attended and received full participation from both sides, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC). During the meeting, several recommendations were made which if implemented could see improvements in many communities.The RDC is recommending that Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) spend their subvention wisely and that they seek technical assistance from the Regional Administration to carry out their mandate.Following Thursday’s meeting, the Regional Administration is to pursue the possibility of having refresher programmes for property evaluators so they can once again evaluate properties in the region, allowing NDCs to be able to collect property tax which reflects the value of the property on the land.In January this year the coalition APNU/AFC began to disrupt the statutory meetings, demanding that Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal apologise to President David Granger for not attending a function in the region earlier in the month, at which Granger was the guest of honour.None of the statutory meetings thereafter were possible as the coalition councillors disrupted all of them insisting that Ramphal makes an apology.However delivering an Emancipation address in the region on August 1, President Granger called on the RDC councillors to work together for the betterment of the region. Afterwards both parties symbolically reconciled with an embrace.Following Thursday’s (August 19) meeting, Ramphal told Guyana Times that he is happy the council can move forward so that the people of Region Five can benefit from the services that the RDC offers.Meanwhile, coalition Councillor Abel Seetaram said he is happy to see that representatives of both parties want to see the region move forward: “I am very appreciative as a councillor that after the impasse we had that we can come together now and move the Region forward, so I am very happy about that.” (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

‘Compassionate and Decisive Leader’

first_imgLiberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh, Wednesday, April 22, led the diplomatic staff at the Abuja Mission in signing the Book of Condolence for the late Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, Mr. Charles Gyude Bryant.The former Chairman died on April 16, 2014, at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia after a period of illness.Ambassador Conteh noted that Chairman Bryant served Liberia from October 17, 2003 to January 16, 2006 during a very difficult time, when the fate of the nation was at stake.The Liberian envoy described Chairman Bryant as a compassionate and decisive leader who served diligently and believed strongly in affirmative action, justice, fair-play and inclusiveness.Ambassador Conteh recalled that Chairman Bryant never wavered in his stance on meritorious issues under tough circumstances while negotiating with opposing groups and warring factions under a power-sharing government. “He had to implement a delicate balance in implementing the various terms of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, including the allocation of government posts.”   Ambassador Conteh was appointed President of the University of Liberia by the late Chairman Bryant, who was then the Visitor of the University.  He served at the state run University from 2004 to 2008.The Liberian diplomat recalled the pivotal role Chairman Bryant played in restoring peace to Liberia through his work with the warring factions, the United Nations and others in the international community for the implementation of the Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) process that paved the way for the 2005 presidential elections that brought Africa’s first democratically elected female President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to power.Ambassador Conteh prayed for God to grant the soul of the late Chairman peaceful rest, and expressed his deepest and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family for the untimely loss of this illustrious son to them and the Liberian nation.Members of the diplomatic corps in Abuja have started signing the Book of Condolence opened at the Abuja Mission for the late Chairman, a process that will continue throughout the 15-day national mourning period announced by the Government of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rehired with Strict Mandate

first_imgDismissed FC Fassell head coach Matthew Saygba Julutweh has been reemployed, but with an uncompromising contract to steer the team at a good standing in all competitions organized by the Liberia Football Association.The Chairman of the Board of Directors of FC Fassell, Cassell A. Kuoh, Sr., stated that the firing of Coach Julutweh was mainly owing to his close relationship with the players which had definitely affected their winning spirit.He, however, disclosed that the rehiring of Coach Julutweh was owing to lot of pressure from board members, friends as well as fans.Mr. Kouh made the disclosure at a news conference in their newly decorated offices, Suite 203 in the MC Tower Building, in Monrovia.The 34-year-old was discharged a week ago following his appalling exit from the Coca-Cola Cup despite the sign-up of eight players, mainly foreigners.Coach Julutweh was warned would be sacked along with his deputy, physical and goal keeper trainer and team manager if he failed to win the highly-contested tournament over a dishonorable 4-0 defeat by NPA ‘Ruthless’ Anchors.Mr. Kuoh also announced the former head coach of Nimba United, Sam Chebli, as the new deputy coach, replacing Coach Wilfred Sneh, alias Kojolo, who has been appointed as the Assistant Coach.Chebli is one of Liberia’s best coaches, evidently of leading the team back to the topflight and emerging as runner-up in the Coca-Cola Cup.According to sources, he resigned over the weekend owing to sour relationship with Nimba United Chief Executive Officer Adolphus Dolo.“We are happy to announce that Team Manager Nathaniel Mentah has returned to his official duty and grateful that during his stay the team was able to grab two wins against the U-23 Sierra Leone team and Joy Conqueror,” Mr. Kuoh said.For his part, the President of FC Fassell, Reginald Nagbe said the decision to recall Coach Julutweh was difficult, thoughtful and salient to keep the team alive.Coach Julutweh took over FC Fassell in 2009, won the knockout championship and qualified to the 2nd division as runner-up in the play-off.In the 2009/2010 national football league, FC Fassell qualified to the 1st division as a runner-up and emerged champion of the 1st division in the 2010/2011 league, qualified to premiership and was awarded the 1st division best coach.In the 2013/2014 league, Coach Julutweh was able to return to the top flight with a “promise’ from the administration of buying him a car if he won the championship and another title that would have qualified them for an international competition. He also won the best coach award in the 2nd division. He made his debut appearance in the CAF Club but was dropped on 4-3 aggregate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kansas town left all-but-lifeless

first_imgGREENSBURG, Kan. – The crows awoke on Sunday to an all-but-lifeless landscape in this farming town on the rolling plains, cawing from denuded trees into the silent rubble below. There was nobody but some emergency workers to hear them. There were no leaves on the trees to hide them. And as far as the eye could see, there were no buildings except the grain elevator to muffle their cries. Friday night’s monster tornado, more than a mile wide, was so efficient it appears that a giant hammer smashed Greensburg, population formerly 1,500. For about 80 square blocks, old brick buildings and new frame ones were flattened into piles of masonry and timbers. Attics tipped to the street. Upstairs bathrooms were open to the sky. Roofs were flush with the ground. Cars perched precariously on heaps of debris. The town on Sunday was a vast field of destruction. Every structure that had not been crushed had been opened to the street. Collapsed buildings immodestly displayed their girders. Where window frames remained, virtually every pane had been shattered. Survivors who gathered outside Greensburg said they had plenty of warning to flee to basements. Sirens sounded for about 20 minutes Friday night. Basements in many cases were smothered in rubble. Survivors told tales of clawing their way up into the night after the tornado had passed, only to find no house and no town. Even emergency officials expressed shock at the extent of the devastation, though many of them are veterans of other disasters. “Normally, it will take out one area,” said Dick Hainje, regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “In this case, it’s very nearly total destruction. It’s catastrophic.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Churches and gas stations could only vaguely be discerned. The roof and much of the rest of the high school were gone. A paint store displayed its wares to the heavens, and the groceries at the supermarket were illuminated by a jagged tear in the roof. In a muddy field, a mortuary’s open coffins lay tossed about, and big trucks lay upside down like giant beetles. Old war photographs came to mind. Trees, festooned with insulation, were reduced to ugly brownish trunks, a shock against the delicate spring green of the surrounding fields. “You can see, in the distance, there’s nothing,” said Ronald Knoefel, a Kansas highway patrolman. “Look around. Where do you start? Tell us which pile to look under.” The death toll stood at eight, and on Sunday cadaver dogs continued to search the ruins. Many people were injured. Police, fearful of looters, shooed away the few residents who sneaked back in. Four soldiers from Fort Riley Army base and a reserve police officer were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of looting cigarettes and alcohol from a store, The Associated Press reported. On Saturday, several other tornados, not as deadly, struck southwestern Kansas. On Sunday the Greensburg ruins were periodically drenched with rain. last_img read more

Ozil still a Germany fan despite bitter departure

first_img0Shares0000Mesut Ozil says he still supports the German national side despite the recriminations over his retirement from international football after the World Cup debacle © IKIMAGES/AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 25 – Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has pledged his support for the German national team despite bitterness from both sides over his retirement from international football.“I’ve always been supporting the DFB Team since my childhood and I’ve still many friends playing for the German national team,” Ozil said in a Twitter Q&A session on the eve of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon. “Of course I’m still supporting the team!”Ozil was a key member of the Germany side that won the 2014 World Cup.But the 92-times capped midfielder retired from international football following Germany’s humiliating exit from the World Cup finals in Russia last summer, citing “disrespect and racism” within the German football federation (DFB).Ozil, born in Germany to Turkish parents, had been targeted with xenophobic comments and singled out for criticism by angry fans.Months earlier the 30-year-old had courted controversy when he and Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who is also of Turkish descent, were pictured alongside Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan months before the finals.At the time, Turkey were contesting the hosting of the Euro 2024 finals with Germany — a race Germany eventually won.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgToday, Saturday, is the 75th anniversary of the apparitions at Kerrytown when several members of the local Ward family reported seeing images of Our Lady and the Holy Family on a rock face near their home at Kerrytown, about two miles from Annagry.Like many other places where apparitions have been reported, Kerrytown has not been without its critics, but it has stood the test of time.Many people still come to meditate and pray at “the Rock” as it is known. Over the years visitors have come in huge numbers from near and far with a particularly strong following from Dublin and Northern Ireland. It was never formally recognised by the Church, and one former priest in the Annagry Parish was even quoted at the time as saying: “there never was a Kerrytown and their never will be a Kerrytown.”In October 2009 Bishop Philip Boyce declined to comment after 14 pilgrims claimed to have witnessed crosses in the sky and also said the statue of Our Lady on the rock face turned life-like and shed tears.The group visited the shrine at Kerrytown after Dublin spiritual healer Joe Coleman predicted Our Lady would appear on a specific date. Mr Coleman claims to have witnessed apparitions of Our Lady on a number of occasions.There is no formal event advertised to commemorate the 75th anniversary but it is expected that pilgrims from all over the country will travel to Kerrytown today, Saturday and over the weekend. One member of the family who reported the apparition in 1939 still resides in the locality. LOCALS TO MARK 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF KERRYTOWN APPARITIONS QUIETLY was last modified: January 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AnnagryKerrytown apparitionsOur Ladylast_img read more